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An NFC area scout indicated that Arkansas LB Brooks Ellis is a camp body only.

"You like so much of what you see, but once you see him open up and run, it just becomes hard to put a draftable grade on him," the scout said. "He's a camp body in my opinion, but I think he's a good college player." Ellis led the Razorbacks with 102 tackles in 2015 and did so again last season with 83 (and seven TFL). NFL Media's Lance Zierlein was slightly more optimistic about the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Ellis' prospects than the scout: "He's smart, instinctive, productive and technically sound," Zierlein wrote. "Back end of the roster might be the best he can hope for due to his lack of recovery ability and raw athleticism."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 1:01 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that Arkansas WR Drew Morgan "caught the ball very well in the receiver drills [on pro day]."

In addition to his fine work in drills, Morgan also improved on his Combine 40 time -- he recorded a slug-like mark of 4.74 seconds in Indianapolis. While his pro day runs of 4.65 seconds and 4.63 seconds did not exactly break the speed of light, they stand as improvements nonetheless. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs him with a seventh-round grade. His margin for error between a selection and undrafted free agency is pretty thin.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 9:15 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said that junior CB Britto Tutt (knee) is at or near 90% health.

Tutt missed the 2016 season due to a torn ACL. Bielema indicated that the 6-foot-2, 177-pound junior will participate in spring practice, with contact scrimmage an outside possibility. Arkansas boots up spring practice on March 28.
Mar 16 - 8:18 PM

Arkansas WR Keon Hatcher was unable to work out during Wednesday's pro day due to what NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt termed a "lingering hamstring injury."

Hatcher did run the 40-yard dash (in 4.64 seconds) and take part in the bench press (16 reps) at the NFL Scouting Combine, but this hamstring ailment scuttled him from padding out his testing results. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder caught 44 passes for 743 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. He will likely join the UDFA ranks following the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 7:33 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt relays that Arkansas WR Dominique Reed "put on a show" during Wednesday's pro day.

Reed did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but given his work on Wednesday, one might have been deserved. He measured in at 6-foot-1, 182 pounds, then proceeded to destroy all tests in his path, running the 40-yard dash in 4.45 and 4.39 seconds, leaping 10-foot-4 in the broad jump and crushing a mouth-watering 40-inch vertical. As Brandt notes, both that vertical and the 4.39-second 40 would have ranked third among receivers in Indianapolis. While Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline currently stamps Reed as an undrafted free agent, it isn't outside the realm of possibility that he could sneak into the Day 3 conversation, especially with these testing results under his belt.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 5:49 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said that sophomore WR Kofi Boateng (knee) is "above 90%" in his recovery.

Boateng underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in August. He subsequently missed the entirety of the 2016 campaign. The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder will take part in spring practice, but contact remains an iffy proposition. Initially joining Arkansas as a member of the 2016 recruiting class, Boateng was a three-star prospect coming out of high school.
Mar 16 - 5:23 PM

Arkansas sophomore TE Grayson Gunter (shoulder) will not take part in spring practice.

Gunter underwent left shoulder surgery in early January, to repair what his father called an "anterior and posterior tear in the labrum." This past season, the 6-foot-6, 232-pounder caught a singular pass for 29 yards. He was a three-star recruit in the 2016 class.
Mar 16 - 4:13 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Arkansas edge rusher Deatrich Wise to former Falcons DE Malliiah Goodman.

"Slow-twitch power player with rare physical attributes but a lack of functional athleticism to chalk up a stat sheet," Zierlein writes. The analyst does offer a silver lining, though, noting that the 6-foot-5, 274-pounder's "length and power at the point of attack could make him an attractive Day 3 draft option for 3-4 teams looking for a two-gapping defensive end with the traits to bounce back from a disappointing senior season." During the past campaign, Wise logged 49 tackles (5.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 6:34 PM

Arkansas freshman QB Daulton Hyatt enrolled early in part because he wanted to add weight.

Hyatt is listed at a relatively modest 6-foot-4, 178 pounds. Already on campus and working in the strength and conditioning program, he should be able to add a bit of comfortable playing weight over the coming months. In December, he told SEC Country's Trent Shadid that "[the coaches] wanted me to make my own decision [on enrolling], but they did think that it would help me a lot and that it would be important for me to do." Hyatt ranks as ESPN 300's No. 148 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 19 - 3:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline expects Arkansas DT Jeremiah Ledbetter to "turn in some eye-popping numbers" at the NFL Combine.

Ledbetter checked into the Shrine Game at just under 6-foot-3 and 281 pounds, with 34 3/4-inch arms. His camp is anticipating 40 times in the 4.7s and bench press reps in the mid-30s.
Feb 16 - 12:25 PM

Arkansas hired Atlanta Falcons defensive assistant/DB coach Chad Walker to serve as outside linebackers coach.

Walker had been on staff with the Falcons for the past two seasons. Prior to that stretch of NFL work, he served as a quality control assistant with Oklahoma from 2013-2014 and worked as defensive coordinator with Mississippi College from 2011-2012. In a statement, HC Bret Bielema said, "Chad’s name was brought to my attention by several different people on the pro and collegiate level that have worked with him installing a 3-4 defense. After meeting him and going through the interview process, I’m really excited to get him on the field working with our guys and helping us transform our defense."
Feb 11 - 1:24 PM

Arkansas hired New York Jets defensive line assistant John Scott Jr. to serve as DL coach.

"Over half of my coaching career has been teaching the 3-4 scheme," Scott said, "and I’m excited to implement the knowledge I’ve learned in the pro and college ranks at Arkansas." Scott, 41, had spent the previous two seasons with the Jets and has served in coaching stints with Texas Tech, Georgia Southern, Missouri State, Norfolk State and Western Carolina.
Source: USA Today
Feb 7 - 4:19 PM

Four-star JUCO TE Jeremy Patton committed to Arkansas but hasn't yet arrived on campus.

The No. 34 overall player on the ESPN JC 50, Patton must pass a few classes at Arizona Western College before he can become a Hog. He indicated late last month that he was on track to do so. If so, Patton would help shore up a depth chart that just lost Jeremy Sprinkle. "Patton certainly looks the part and should come in and be a nice complement in a two man rotation or heavy run scheme," ESPN noted in a scouting report. "Additional weight will help him hold up physically."
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 3 - 3:41 PM

Arkansas signed four-star 2017 S Montaric Brown.

Rivals' No. 1 safety prospect in the state of Arkansas, Brown will be staying home to ply his wares with the Razorbacks. ESPN 300 is the highest on him of the major recruiting outlets, slotting him into their master list at No. 185. The Worldwide Leader's scouting team writes that the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder "has the ability to make plays all over the field and is scheme versatile." They are particularly complimentary of his football intelligence. He also has a true speed aspect to his game -- should he get the ball in his hands, look out.
Feb 1 - 6:18 PM

Arkansas signed four-star 2017 CB Chevin Calloway.

HC Bret Bielema told ESPN that Calloway was the No. 1 corner on Arkansas' board. Calloway picked the Hogs over Texas and Nebraska. Ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 17 cornerback and No. 143 player in the class, Calloway is a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash time. "He closes on the ball quickly, and his high school film is littered with examples of him acting as a centerfielder and chasing down passes that receivers couldn’t even get near," wrote Alex Kirshner. "He can play in press coverage or as a de-facto safety in cover-2, cover-3, or cover-4 looks."
Source: SB Nation
Feb 1 - 11:46 AM


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